Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Kota Yamazaki / Fluid hug-hug

Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination
(World Premiere)
Dec 13-15, 2017 | Howard Gilman Performance Space

“Mr. Yamazaki creates a conversation with bodies, in which unspoken thoughts take on a language of their own.” The New York Times

Philosophy, dance, and folklore merge in Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki’s latest work inspired by French writers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of a “dance of darkness,” and Japan’s Goze music tradition. Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination explores the fragile body, the vaporizing body, and the body as an absorbing force.

The choreographer performs with dancers Julian Barnett, Raja Feather Kelly, Joanna Kotze, and Mina Nishimura to an original score by Kenta Nagai and lighting by Thomas Dunn.

Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination was developed, in part, during a BAC Artist Residency.

Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program. Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment. Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance.

Artist Bio
Kota Yamazaki

Kota Yamazaki

Born in Niigata, Japan, Kota Yamazaki was first introduced to Butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai, and graduated from Bunka Fashion College with BA in Fashion Design. At an invitation from Germain Acogny to create a work FAGAALA in collaboration with her Senegal-based company, Yamazaki disbanded his Tokyo-based company rosy co., which he led from 1995-2001, and left Japan.

Since 2003, Yamazaki with his New York-based company Fluid hug-hug has been presenting work at national and international theaters and festivals, including Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), NUS for the Arts (Singapore), Globalize: Cologne (Germany), PICA/TBA Festival (OR), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), Danspace Project (NY), Andy Warhol Museum (PA), Miami Light Project, ASU Gammage (AZ), FIAF/Crossing Line (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Japan Society (NY), and Asahi Art Square (Japan). Yamazaki is a 2007 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie Award), a 2013 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant award, and a 2016 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship. Yamazaki has taught at universities and institutions around the world. He served as Director for Body Arts Laboratory in Tokyo since 2009, and organizes the Whenever Wherever Festival.

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